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The Wines of California’s Santa Maria Valley

The Wines of California’s Santa Maria Valley

  This is Part 2 of  Santa Maria Valley: Where Wine and BBQ Reign Supreme   While the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Lucia Mountains offer some of the most breathtaking scenic drives, the region also offers the most beautiful vistas for wine tasting – […]

How to Make New Orleans’ Iconic Gin Fizz

How to Make New Orleans’ Iconic Gin Fizz

My images of the Gin Fizz date back to my high school days. And not all of those images are pleasant, mind you. On a recent trip to New Orleans, I had the opportunity to meet Cheryl Charming, bar mistress of the Bourbon O Bar […]

Campo Viejo: Where women wine

Campo Viejo: Where women wine

Spain is one of the European countries I have not spent much time in but it’s pretty high up on my list of places that I need to get to know better. I developed an affinity for Spanish wines, primarily Tempranillo, on a trip to […]

Central California’s Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea

Central California’s Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea

The Central Coast of California has been known for its burgeoning wine industry for some time, but there’s a little up and coming area in Monterey County that’s attracting those looking for an authentic wine tasting experience. Monterey County was voted one of the top […]

Meet the Winemaker: Lucio Gomiero of Vignalta

Meet the Winemaker: Lucio Gomiero of Vignalta

As I’ve said before, I’m always up for meeting Italians to enjoy a fine meal and taste some great wines. So when I was invited to sit down at my favorite local restaurant, Café del Rey, and meet Lucio Gomiero of Vignalta Wines from Italy, […]

The Perfect Italian Food, Wine and Friend Pairings

The Perfect Italian Food, Wine and Friend Pairings

When I moved back to the states from Italy, I carefully packed 100 bottles of my favorite Italian wines. Somehow, I thought those bottles would last me a few years. Yeah, that didn’t happen. So when I had the opportunity to meet two CA-based distributors […]



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